CARABELLE, Fla. - The six people rescued after their boat took on water in the Gulf of Mexico are back on dry land.
The Coast Guard rescued the group early Saturday about 25 miles from Carabelle in northwest Florida. A call from the 43-foot boat Dirty Pool said the vessel was taking on water after leaving for a fishing trip Friday evening.
The Coast Guard launched a helicopter and crew to locate the boaters in the water. The group used marine signal flares to alert the Coast Guard crew to their location. All six were wearing lifejackets and taken to the Apalachicola Bay Municipal Airport in Franklin County. Their conditions are not yet known.
Chief Petty Officer Brenda Doris says the group's "exceptional preparedness" greatly helped with the recovery efforts.
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